Newcastle’s Mehdi Abeid says past loan moves have made him a stronger person

After breaking into the Newcastle first-team this season, midfielder Mehdi Abeid believes his series of loan moves have contributed in his rise to the senior squad, reports Sky Sports.

A lot has changed. I’ve been out on loan a lot and I have come back here to have some time to play and show the manager and the club I can play for them. I am really happy. I knew I had to play football and that’s what I went and did, to play football and enjoy my time. I got a lot of experience, I learned a lot and I came back with a strong mentality and a strong character,” he said.

The 22-year-old has been on loan with Panathinaikos Athens and St Johnstone, and has finally forced his way into the reckoning at St James’ Park.

Abeid has played a full 90 minutes in his last two Premier League games against Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion, and played in Newcastle’s Capital One Cup victory against Manchester City too. He’s given United manager Alan Pardew a selection headache, but is so far making the holding midfield spot his own.

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